The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#51)

Every Friday The Psychogenealogist shares a "Pic of the Week." The intent is to encourage thought and imagination about the spaces where psychology, genealogy, and history converge.

Christmas is almost here! I found this festive image in a set of about 200 Kodachrome photo slides from eBay. They were well organized and labeled. All appeared to be from 1956 and 1957 and the same family was depicted in most of them. 

The stockings hung by the chimney with care (see below) suggest that this family included: Liza, Ethel, Jon, Anne, Elmer, Helen.

Santa! 1956

Here are some more from the same set. As you look through them think about the holiday celebrations in your own family in 1956. 

 Vintage 1950s toys under the Christmas tree

Vintage 1950s toys under the Christmas tree

 Waiting for Santa - "Liza, Ethel, Jon, Elmer, and Helen"

Waiting for Santa - "Liza, Ethel, Jon, Elmer, and Helen"

 Tinsel Galore

Tinsel Galore

 Bomber Jacket Boy - Christmas, 1956

Bomber Jacket Boy - Christmas, 1956

 Tootsietoy, Fisher Price, and Gingerbread Men

Tootsietoy, Fisher Price, and Gingerbread Men

 Christmas Gathering, 1956

Christmas Gathering, 1956

Questions:

  • What toys can you identify under the tree?
  • What were 1956 Christmases like in your family?
  • Who is this family and why did their beautiful photo slides end up on eBay?
  • How has the celebration of Christmas changed in the last 6 decades since these photos were taken?

Merry Christmas!


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